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What to Write in a Pet Sympathy Card

Updated on February 7, 2013

How to Write a Pet Sympathy Card

Pets are considered family members by many. People dress up their pets, take them to spas for bathing and nail trims, buy special food for them, buy them gifts and treats for their birthdays and the holidays, and even take them on vacations. It makes sense that losing a pet is a time of sorrow and grief. It is painful to lose a pet since a pet is a faithful and trusted friend.

Writing and sending a pet sympathy card will mean a lot to a person whose pet has just passed away. It can help a person with their grief knowing that there are others around who care for their feeelings and can empathise with a loss of a pet. It is common for the vet to send a note of sympathy. It should be common for friends and family to do the same since writing a sympathy note is quick and easy.

Pet sympathy cards can be blank inside or have a standard sympathy message. It is nice to add another message to cards that already have sayings inside in order to give your offering a more personal touch. Writing a pet sympathy card should not take a long time. A quick short note of caring and sympathy will suffice. How does one write a pet sympathy card? Start by sending condolences and then perhaps say something nice about the pet who has just passed. If you did not know the pet, you can always just add a nice quote to the inside of the card and mention that you will be their as a friend in this time of grief.

Prayer cards are another nice touch to send to someone who has just lost a pet. Pet prayer cards usually feature a Saint and have a printed prayer or bible verse on them. The prayer card is a nice keepsake for someone who has just lost their good friend.


Quotes and Examples of Pet Sympathy Cards

  1. I am sorry for the loss of your pet. I know this is a difficult time for you. If I can be of any help, please call me. You are in my thoughts. (Dog's name) has passed over the rainbow bridge*.

    *The rainbow bridge is often referred to when a pet dies. There is a sweet poem for pets about the rainbow bridge and you can view it here: The Rainbow Bridge
  2. There are no words that will ease your sorrow and pain for the loss of your pet. We want you to know our thoughts are with you.
  3. We extend our sincere sympathies for the loss of your pet. We want you to know that your pet was special to us as well.
  4. “For what is it to die, but to stand in the sun and melt into the wind? And when the Earth has claimed our limbs, Then we shall truly dance.” – Kahlil Gibran
  5. "A good dog never dies, he always stays,
    he walks besides you on crisp autumn days
    when frost is on the fields and winter's drawing near,
    his head within our hand in his old way."
    - Anonymous
  6. What we have once enjoyed
    we can never lose;
    All that we love deeply,
    becomes a part of us.
    -Helen Keller
  7. "To call him a dog hardly seems to do him justice, though inasmuch as he had four legs, a tail, and barked, I admit he was, to all outward appearances. But to those who knew him well, he was a perfect gentleman." -Hermione Gingold


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    • cabmgmnt profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Thanks Nettlemere,

      After helping my mother grieve over the loss of her 14 year old yellow lab, I have come to understand how important pets are in our lives and sympathise with anyone who has gone through a loss.

    • Nettlemere profile image


      6 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      This is a thoughtful hub, and should help anyone feeling a bit awkward about what to do for a friend or family member grieving over a pet.


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